Euphorbia milii Des Moul.

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Euphorbia milii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Euphorbia milii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Common names: Christ thorn (English) Crown of thorns (English)
Frequency: Very rare possible escape
Status: Introduced
Very spiny shrub. Leaves 6 × 2 cm, ovate. Paired ± circular bright red petaloid bracts occur below the sessile cyathia.
Notes: Commonly planted as a protective low-growing hedge. Seen once in a possibly naturalised situation or maybe a relic of cultivation. Our plant appears to be var. splendens Ursch & Leandri
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Habitat: In grassland
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Worldwide distribution: Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia milii
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Euphorbia milii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Euphorbia milii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia milii
African Plant Database: Euphorbia milii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia milii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia milii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Euphorbia milii
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iNaturalist: Euphorbia milii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia milii
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia milii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia milii
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia milii
Tropicos: Euphorbia milii
Wikipedia: Euphorbia milii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia milii., retrieved 2 December 2023

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